(Ahh I had a marvelous fall in England, but it was great to be home on the farm again!)
I've sat down to blog quite a few times in the last few days, and have found myself continually at a loss for words. In many ways, I'm feeling in a bit of a funk now that 2013 is over. I had such a huge year last year, achieving almost all of the goals I set for myself and even completing some that I hadn't had the guts to write down last January. I've never ridden better, showed better, or gotten anywhere near the results I got last season. It was a huge, blockbuster year.
(We even had this ridiculous photo shoot to celebrate my showing career - these ribbons were from way more than just the last season, but it was really fun to get them all out and take a minute to remember all the good memories I've had in the horse world)
(So long, friend! Fortunately I actually already know his new owners very well, know what amazing care they will give him, and--best of all--I'll still get to see him as they're going to board him at my house! Hooray! I can't wait to see them excel together!)
This is the first year in over a decade where I won't have riding goals. I've been struggling to come up with other goals without the context of horses to place them in. In past years, even my non-horsey dreams have been couched in the knowledge that my life was going to be revolving largely around riding. Now... I don't now. It's a freeing feeling, but also an uncomfortable one. For whatever reason it feels a lot more real now than it did back in October when I made my first trip to the UK, still awash with the glow of how well the end of Ringo's and my season had gone.
But, in the spirit of moving forward, here are some goals anyway, lame as they might be. In 2014, I aim to...
-Have a great first year of grad school, and set myself up for a meaningful dissertation with a summer of focused academic research-
-Keep making pictures with my film camera, even when it feels hard, even when it feels pointless-
-Read the Bible-
-Eat like an athlete and take the time to actually cook and prepare meals that will help me feel energized and strong-
-Resist the temptation to eat the ENTIRE contents of the Pembroke MCR biscuit tin every time I go-
-Apply to PhD programs-
-Apply for a Fulbright Grant-
So happy 2014, all!
(Also, got to ride the Dude over Christmas. It was a good, good day!)